Spurs boss gives his verdict on Gareth Bale

The Tottenham Hotspur head coach has defended the under-fire Welshman.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has defended Real Madrid star Gareth Bale in his latest pre-match press conferece, according to the London Evening Standard.

Bale left Tottenham for Real Madrid in a world-record transfer the summer before last and starred for the European champions during his first season at the Bernabeu, when he scored in the Champions League and Copa del Rey finals.

Statistically, the Welshman has still enjoyed a great second campaign in La Liga - but many aren't happy.

Real Madrid were knocked out of the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday night and, barring a shock turnaround in the last two games of their league season, will end the year trophyless.

And Bale has received plenty of flak from supporters as a result. Spurs boss Pochettino, however, agrees with those that feel the criticism is unjust.

The Argentine told reporters: "Gareth Bale is a player that needs to feel that the team plays for him. It is like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

"They are types of players who needs to feel the confidence and trust. That is not easy because at Real Madrid you have Gareth Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo, a lot of big stars, and it's never easy to settle.

"But I think Gareth Bale is not the only player who is responsible for what happened to Real Madrid. I think Gareth Bale is a very good player but it is not easy to score 30 or 40 goals every season."

A sensible approach from the Tottenham head coach. How will Pochettino approach the last two Premier League games of his side's season, though?

The north London side's campaign is over in terms of competing for anything but the 3-0 defeat at Stoke City was embarrassing - Spurs will surely try to win back some pride.

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